Monday, January 15, 2018

Cranberries: Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead at 46

LONDON (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46.

O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said.

"No further details are available at this time," Holmes said, adding that the singer's family was "devastated" by the news.

Formed in Limerick, Ireland at the end of the 1980s, The Cranberries became international stars in the 90s with hits including "Zombie" and "Linger" that fused the alternative rock edge with Celtic-infused pop tunefulness.

O'Riordan was The Cranberries' chief lyricist and co-songwriter, and her powerful, sometimes wailing, voice was key to the band's distinctive sound.

The group's 1993 debut album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" sold millions of copies and produced the hit single "Linger."

The follow-up, "No Need to Argue," sold in even greater numbers and contained "Zombie," a howl against Northern Ireland's violent Troubles that topped singles charts in several countries.

The Cranberries released the acoustic album "Something Else" in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tom Bailey: New Single 'Come So Far'

Tom Bailey's fantastic new single entitled 'Come So Far' is available at pledge music as a limited edition 7" coloured vinyl.

You can pre-order your copy at

and watch Tom Bailey as he talks about his new band and his return to the stage after a break of 27 years.

Celebrating David Bowie

Pianist Mike Garson leads a massive concert series of fellow David Bowie band alumni and special guests with the Celebrating David Bowie tour in 2018 at the Regency Ballroom, SF on March 3rd.

Mike Garson
keyboard on Ziggy Stardust tour, contributed to "Aladdin Sane" song, Pin-Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling, Reality, Hours, A Reality Tour.

Earl Slick
lead guitarist for the Diamond Dogs tour, Young Americans and Station to Station albums, Serious Moonlight Tour, albums Heathen, Reality, A Reality Tour, contributed guitar for The Next Day.

Gerry Leonard
lead guitarist on Heathen, Reality, the live tours and The Next Day (wrote songs "Boss of Me" and "I'll Take You There").

Carmine Rojas
played bass on "Let’s Dance", "China Girl", "Modern Love" and "Blue Jean". Toured on Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top Ten '80s Band Releases for 2017

1. Depeche Mode - Where's the Revolution 17,495,067 views

2. U2 - You’re The Best Thing About Me 12,969,501 (Rel Sep 27)

3. Michael Jackson - Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous 5,039,816

4. Depeche Mode - Cover Me 3,636,974 views

5. Morrissey - Spent the Day in Bed 3,081,727 views

6. U2 - The Blackout 2,847,228 views (rel Nov 13)

7. Depeche Mode - Going Backwards 2,666,525

8. U2 - American Soul 1,431,062 views (rel Nov 20)

9. Gary Numan - My Name Is Ruin 1,133,592

10. Blondie - Long Time 1,132,609 views

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morrissey: "Spent The Day In Bed" Enters UK Top 40

'Spent the Day in Bed' has climbed 279 places up the UK airplay chart to #34, over the last week (Oct 5th to 11th).
His first UK top 40 since 'I'm throwing my arms around Paris'.

UPDATE 13TH OCTOBER - the song is now in the Airplay Top 30 (at #29)

Morrissey also appeared on "Later... with Jools Holland" on Oct. 3. He did 3 songs including the new single 'Spent the Day in Bed'. The other 2 are 'I wish you lonely' and 'All the young people must fall in love'.

Morrissey has a new upcoming album "Low in High School," his first full-length since 2014, arrives November 17.
Track titles include “The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel,” “Who Will Protect Us From the Police?,” and “Israel.”
The new album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Smiths: "The Queen Is Dead" Remastered

The Smiths' masterpiece "The Queen Is Dead" is getting the royal
remastered and expanded treatment and makes its debut on Friday 10/20!

Widely considered to be both The Smiths' finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, The Queen Is Dead has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986.
The album features several of the band's finest moments including the title track and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," as well as the iconic singles "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again."

This reissue represents the first time that The Smiths' back catalog has been revisited in such a way.
It follows two recent limited edition vinyl singles sourced from the archives: a demo mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" which was released for Record Store Day, and a "The Queen Is Dead" (live at Irvine Meadows) 7" which debuted at #1 on the official vinyl chart in the U.K. when it was released in June.

Warner UK released a demo mix version of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side as a physical 45. The sleeve is by Morrissey, with layout by Darren Evans at Warner UK.

The B-side is a previously unissued version of Rubber Ring.
The sleeve image is Salford actor Albert Finney.

Tracklist for "The Queen Is Dead" 12 inch includes "Oscillate Wildly" plus "Money Changes Everything" and "The Draize Train."
"The Queen Is Dead" entered the UK singles chart at #85 and the vinyl singles chart at #1 on June 23, 2017.

There are three physical formats for this release – which has updated artwork – a 3CD+DVD deluxe includes
the remastered album,
a bonus CD of demos, alternates and b-sides,
a further CD: Live In Boston (recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986) and
a DVD featuring the 2017 master of the album in PCM stereo. The DVD also includes The Queen Is Dead – A Film By Derek Jarman.

Disc One:
Original Album
– 2017 Remaster

Disc Two:
Additional Recordings

“The Queen Is Dead” (Full Version)
“Frankly, Mr. Shankly” (Demo)
“I Know It’s Over” (Demo)
“Never Had No One Ever” (Demo)
“Cemetry Gates” (Demo)
“Bigmouth Strikes Again” (Demo)
“Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” (Demo)
“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (Demo Mix)
“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (Take 1)

“Rubber Ring” (B-side)
“Asleep” (B-side)
“Money Changes Everything” (B-side)
“Unloveable” (B-side)

Tracks 1-7 and 9 are previously unreleased.
Track 8 was released on 7? for Record Store Day.
Tracks 10 and 11 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
Tracks 12 and 13 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from Bigmouth Strikes Again.

Disc Three:
Live In Boston (Previously Unreleased)

“How Soon Is Now?”
“Hand In Glove”
“I Want The One I Can’t Have”
“Never Had No One Ever”
“Stretch Out And Wait”
“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”
“Cemetry Gates”
“Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring”
“Is It Really So Strange?”
“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
“That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”
“The Queen Is Dead”
“I Know It’s Over”
Recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986.

A five-LP box set (good value a $91) includes all the audio listed above
(the album, an outtakes double LP, and the live album double LP).
A two-CD edition pairs the remaster with the bonus disc of demos, etc.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty: Led the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66

from Rolling Stone

Tom Petty, frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night and rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.
EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. He died on Monday at 66 years old.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
The trek marked the band's 40th anniversary and found him playing rarely played deep cuts like their first album's opener, "Rockin' Around (With You)," and a selection of Wildflowers cuts. It was intended to be his "last trip around the country." He told Rolling Stone, though, that it wasn't his intention to quit playing. "I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house," he said.

Songs like "The Waiting," "You Got Lucky," "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" all dominated Billboard's rock chart, and the majority of Petty's albums have been certified either gold or platinum.

Petty, who also recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

His most recent release, Hypnotic Eye, debuted at Number One in 2014.

Read more:

Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more

Tom Petty's daughter: Sent heartbreaking Instagram dispatches as the rock star clung to life